Richard McFarland

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. I am a behavioural ecologist by training, with a broad interest in animal behaviour, environmental physiology, and socio-biology. I am director of the Swebeswebe Primate Research Project, and have studied the behavioural ecology and environmental physiology of wild vervet monkeys and chacma baboons in South Africa since 2012. While most of my research is observational in nature, I also take experimental and mechanistic modeling approaches to the study of thermoregulation, examining the role that local climates play in shaping the biological (including social) evolution of primate populations.